I am so happy that my both kids are attending a school that teaches respect and understanding of different cultures. So proud to be part of SSA-B. Best school in Arizona! (A parent posted on school's Facebook)
September 20, 2014
This is a safe place to share your honest opinions of a school, whether good or bad.
Why do we chose a certain school for our child?
1. Safety: The parking lot gate is shut during school hours to prevent unwanted traffic and potential danger. Front door is locked until front office staff buzz you into lobby!
2. Curriculum: Common core isn't the best, but that is a Federal problem. My students are working WAY above their grade level because of the rigorous academics and because the teachers works diligently to relay content in many forms, catering to all Intelligences.
The students have been allowed to see fighting, bullying, name calling, yelling, bias and meanness from too many of the staff. I don't feel it's possible to teach what you don't have or display.
The overall behavior of the elementary teachers is the opposite of honest, integrity and fairness.
I can't stress enough how terrible this school is. We started out wanting all of our children to progress all the way through 12th grade at a Sonoran school. Not on your life now. It starts in the parking lot and works all the way through the head office. One look at the filthy bathrooms including the staff bathroom should have made us run, used feminine products out in the open repeatedly. K-2nd has had serious staff infighting for years. The turnover is high and several teachers I've spoken to directly have named teacher bullying as the reason. They can't seem to manage the older women and a bully who all blatantly favor students, parents and teachers over others. They sit in the front foyer and talk about people. Hello? We can hear you!
There is an issue with staff sharing personal info about students. The woman dean (not Mrs. Jackdayo) and the principal are awful; they don't return phone calls, they make excuses instead of problem solve, are never on campus. That female dean is very rude & empirical. Also, anytime we have an issue with her behavior, she blames someone else and refuses responsibility. She has zero people skills yet she works in a school? When we took our complaints to the head office, we were told there was nothing that could be done about her because their hands were tied. What???
This was a wonderful school in it's beginning. My son attended the 1st year. This new principal took a great school and ruined it. It pales in comparison to the SSA-B of 2009. Our youngest has had nightmarish experiences as have we when addressing them.Teachers call them cry babies, literally yell and scream at them, punish them CONSTANTLY and militarize lunch time. After going in repeatedly to observe, we finally just left. And I only refer to K-2, you know, the years when kids decide if they like or hate school! Poor 4th-8th grade teachers don't have a chance to make a difference there. Shame on the admin for allowing the staff to behave so badly.
Children are not shorts adults. They're still learning or should be! Kellond Elem is a much kinder, successful, organized, safer, profession solution to elementary education.
My comment may not be scientifically stated but it's important for others to know about these people. They destroy the educational ability and experience with bad behavior. Who cares if you can teach is you're mean?
What's good: The teachers teach a great curriculum, multicultural environment, since there are few good options in the area, this is the better one. The elementary Science Olympiad teacher is excellent. What's bad: Too much yelling, lack of organization, frequent last minute changes, a few busy-body teachers. I'm sure the principals know who they are.
This school is better than most TUSD schools. The kids excel if the parents are serious about the kids getting a good education and they must participate. The staff is mostly good. There are a few bad apples and the definitely ruin it for everyone else. On a scale of 1 to 10 I give it a 6, it's meh, not horrible but not in the top 25% either. The physical building it terrible and old and the parking lot gravel shreds the children but the principal has made improvements so it's not as bad. There are issues with the on our deans causing hard feelings and upset and the other is way over burdened and has an unfair share of work. That said. MOST of us really love and care for our students just alike at most schools.